Taylor Fritz suggests he finds it more frustrating to lose in the latter stages of a tournament than in earlier rounds. On Thursday, Fritz exited the Indian Wells Masters after Jannik Sinner handed the American a 6-4 4-6 6-4 defeat in the quarterfinal.
After the match, Fritz admitted that Sinner deserved to win but also didn’t hide his frustration with the loss. In his post-match press conference, Fritz was to elaborate why he seems to be more upset losing in the latter stages than in earlier rounds.
“I hate losing in quarterfinals and semifinals probably more than I hate losing in like the first and second round of tournaments,” Fritz said after the match.
Fritz on why he is always upset with losses in the latter stages
“Because you put all the work in.
Like I don’t know, the way the rankings, the system works is it rewards better for, you know, lose first round three weeks in a row then just win a title than consistently win a couple of matches and lose in the quarterfinals and semifinals like a couple weeks in a row.
It’s way better to just go big and win the tournament. So I feel like when I put the work in to win three matches, fight through a couple matches and get myself to the quarters and semis, it’s really frustrating to not go all the way.
That’s one thing that I’ve done really well the last like year and a half, is I think I’m four for five on winning the tournament when I make it to the semifinals. That’s the biggest difference in why I was able to get my ranking to where I got my ranking.
If I don’t win those matches, then I don’t think I ever even break the top 15,” Fritz explained. In late February, Fritz rose to a career-high ranking of No 5 in the world. Since Fritz was the defending champion in Indian Wells, he is set to lose some points.
As a result, Fritz could be ranked outside the top-10 on Monday. Fritz will now turn his focus on the Miami Masters.